View Full Version : [xubuntu] kernel 3.4 on xubuntu 12.04?

August 10th, 2013, 10:25 PM

i'm running Xubuntu 12.04 on an old Thinkpad T42 that freezes randomly and becomes totally unresponsive (keyboard, mouse, no chance on a ctrl-alt-f1 or the like). The kernel version is

~$ uname -a
Linux T42 3.2.0-51-generic #77-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jul 24 20:21:10 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

would it make sense to try and install the kernel 3.4 to see if it solves the issue? if it would, could you please advise on what exactly i should do (from terminal, i suppose?). thanks

PS: the machine specs (hopefully the relevant ones):

~$ lshw
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
description: Computer
width: 32 bits
description: Motherboard
physical id: 0
description: System memory
physical id: 0
size: 1015MiB
product: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.70GHz
vendor: Intel Corp.
physical id: 1
bus info: cpu@0
version: 6.13.6
size: 1700MHz
capacity: 1700MHz
width: 32 bits
capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr mce cx8 mtrr pge mca cmov clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss tm pbe up bts est tm2 cpufreq
description: Host bridge
product: 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 100
bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
configuration: driver=agpgart-intel
resources: irq:0 memory:d0000000-dfffffff
description: PCI bridge
product: 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1
bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master
resources: ioport:3000(size=4096) memory:c0100000-c01fffff memory:e0000000-e7ffffff
description: VGA compatible controller
product: RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10]
vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=radeon latency=66 mingnt=8
resources: irq:11 memory:e0000000-e7ffffff ioport:3000(size=256) memory:c0100000-c010ffff memory:c0120000-c013ffff

August 12th, 2013, 01:49 PM
bump? am i not asking the right question? :)

August 12th, 2013, 01:55 PM

You could install the saucy (3.8), raring (3.6) or quantal (3.4) Hardware enablement stack and see if one of them helps.

They support newer hardware.

Have a read of this.


If you still not sure of the exact commands to type then post back and someone will post the terminal commands for you.

Kind regards

Doug S
August 12th, 2013, 05:02 PM
To try a different kernel:
First make sure there is enough room for another kernel on /boot, and if not perhaps delete some older kernel(s) that are not needed anymore.
Then get whatever kernel you want to try from the kernel ppa (http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/) and put it to some directory. For example 3.11rc2, from the directory:
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.11.0-031100rc2_3.11.0-031100rc2.201307211535_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.11.0-031100rc2-generic_3.11.0-031100rc2.201307211535_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i linux-image-3.11.0-031100rc2-generic_3.11.0-031100rc2.201307211535_amd64.debThen re-boot, and you may or may not need to select the kernel from the grub menu.
Note: I have had troubles with updates in the past when running a different kernel, so I never do updates while running the not standard kernel.

Also have a look at this thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2160015).